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Reaching outside our comfort zone

Sunday, September 04, 2011

Reaching beyond ourselves seems to be a theme these days. I see a lot of people talking about how that has helped them.

I did that today, and I am very proud of myself.

First, my training program called for a long run today--long for me is 6 miles. I've never in my life run for that long of a time before. I mean really--NEVER. If you had asked me two years ago, I'd have said it was impossible. Needless to say, I was apprehensive about it.

I also have been talking with a welcome committee member for a local running club. Joining a running club makes me nervous in a lot of ways; I'm not an athlete, never have been. Always the kid picked last for games in school. The girl who got cut and asked to be "manager" for the only sports team she ever tried out for. Also, these members really run--a long run for a lot of them is 20 miles, not my measly 6 miles. I was invited to join them to try out a run, and they seemed very welcoming, but also very intimidating. I considered making an excuse and not going today.

But I made myself go. They were wonderful, welcoming, fun running partners. I enjoyed myself. And I DID IT! I ran 6 full miles. It was even a reasonably fast pace for me--10:38. Faster than I thought I could go. I'm quite chuffed about it.

So I reached outside my comfort zone in a lot of ways. And I'm very glad I did it. There's a lesson here that I hope I remember.
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